Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I have a recreational fire?

Information on recreational fires:

The state code allows recreational fires if the fire is contained and is 25 feet from a structure or combustible material. The fire shall be consistently attended until extinguished. Methods for extinguishment such as fire extinguisher, dirt, sand, garden hose shall be available for immediate use.
The county health department also regulates under the open burning regulations specifically "nuisance calls". If a person calls and complains (911) the fire department will respond and put the fire out. If this happens more than two times the fire department will refer to the Fire Marshal's Office. They will then forward the complaint to the Health Department for enforcement. It is important to note that smelling smoke does constitute a nuisance).
Open Burning falls under both state and county codes. An example of open burning is a farm burning some old cut down trees. This event requires permits from the Fire Marshal's Office and approval from the Health Department.


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